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National Book Award Winner Phil Klay Opens Spring Writers Series at Wilkes University on Feb. 10

National Book Award Winner Phil KlayAuthor of Redeployment To Read From Work, Sign Books

Phil Klay, whose short-story collection Redeployment won the 2014 National Book Award for fiction, will open the spring writers series on Feb. 10. The series, which features writers reading from their work, is presented by the Wilkes University English Department and sponsored by the Allan Hamilton Dickson Fund.

Klay, a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, will read from his work at 7 p.m. in the Ballroom of the Henry Student Center, 84 W. South Street in Wilkes-Barre. Copies of his book will be for sale and a book signing follows. 

Other authors in the series are poet Lynn Emanuel, who will read on March 16, and critic and essayist Henry Veggian, who reads on April 9. Both Emanuel and Veggian will read at 7 p.m. in the Salon of Kirby Hall.  All readings are free and open to the public. 

Klay, who graduated from Dartmouth College, served as a public affairs officer in Iraq’s Anbar Province from January 2007 to February 2008. After being discharged, he earned the master of fine arts degree in writing from Hunter College. Klay’s book of short stories takes readers to the front lines of the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts. His book explores soldiers’ feelings of brutality, faith, guilt and fear and reveals the isolation and despair that accompanies their homecoming. 

His story “Redeployment” was originally published in Granta and is included in Fire and Forget: Short Stories from the Long War. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Tin House, and elsewhere. 

Lynn Emmanuel is the author of four books of poetry: Noose and Hook (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2010); Then, Suddenly (1999), which was awarded the Eric Matthieu King Award from the Academy of American Poets; The Dig (1992), which was selected by Gerald Stern for the National Poetry Series; and Hotel Fiesta (1984). Her poetry has been featured in the Pushcart Prize Anthology and Best American Poetry eight times. Her work also is included in The Oxford Book of American Poetry

She has been the recipient of numerous awards including the Eric Matthieu King Award from The Academy of American Poets, two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, and a National Poetry Series Award. Emanuel is a professor of English at the University of Pittsburgh. She has taught at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Bennington Writers’ Conference and The Warren Wilson Program in Creative Writing. 

Henry Veggian is a lecturer in the department of English and comparative literature at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He teaches courses in 20th Century American literature, contemporary literature, genre fiction, literary criticism and American literature from European colonization to the modern era. His essays and reviews have appeared in scholarly journals, including boundary 2, Modern Fiction Studies, American Studies and Reader. His recent essay on Thomas Pynchon’s novel Vineland is in the collection Pynchon’s California published by the University of Iowa Press.  His monograph on the writer Don DeLillo was published by the University of North Carolina Press.